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In the shadow of SB 14

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Texas law banning gender-affirming care for trans youth harms children, families and trans adults CAROLINE SAVOIE | Contributing Writer Tina Biffle started P.L.A.C., the Parker County LGBTQ+ Awareness Community, in Weatherford in 2019.

In 2023, Republican lawmakers passed Senate Bill 14 restricting doctors in Texas from giving minors puberty blockers and hormone therapy to treat gender dysphoria, the dissonance some people feel between their sex assigned at birth and their gender identity.

nder the law, doctors who provide puberty blockers or hormone therapy to minors to treat gender dysphoria can have their medical licenses revoked.

The law also prohibits health insurance plans from covering these treatments for gender dysphoria. Biffle said she’s worked with many young people who experience gender dysphoria.

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